In 1810, successful businessman Mayer Amschel Rothschild (the great, great, great, great grandfather of our current Executive Chairman, Alexandre de Rothschild) created the family's first partnership agreement. He had developed innovative methods of trading that added real value to his clients by understanding their needs and taking a long-term view. His five sons went on to establish banking businesses in London, Paris, Frankfurt, Naples and Vienna. Together they created Europe's fastest, most secure network for exchanging market information. Their descendants built on this to lay the foundations for the strong, globally renowned business the family retains control of to this day.